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I’m not sure what the cause is, but I’ve kind of lost my cooking mojo.

I’ll blame it on the lack of natural light.

I’ll blame it on my hectic life – full time job, part time job, hobby, and planning a wedding.

I’ll blame it on the winter. It really makes going outside for pictures difficult. (2° F this morning!!)

I’ll blame it on my love of Punch Pizza take-out.

I’ll blame it on the lack of time for the Food Network.

But whatever the excuse, all I know is that I want it back. :(

The Taster and I are headed to Chicago today for a weekend full of family, a musical, some shopping and lots of food – I think it will be just the weekend I need!

I’ll see you on Monday – with my apron on. :)

Look for my last 2010 gift guide – homemade food gifts – tomorrow!

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sweet potato latkes

I think part of me has always wanted to be Jewish. It started with a mild obsession with Anne Frank as a young girl, morphed into learning a lot about the religion while nannying and planning kosher menus and eventually led me to an interest in kabbalah. Now, exploring a culture or religion through food

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holiday health: pre-holiday party lunch

This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz. Although you may be tempted to skip lunch the day of a holiday party, so that you can fully enjoy yourself, it’s the last thing you want to do. I like to have a “lighter” lunch but one that is very filling

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lemon whippersnappers

When Lori and Adrienne had the idea to host an International Blogger Holiday Cookie Exchange I knew immediately I had to participate. Partly because I simply love the idea of swapping recipes but mainly because I needed a baking deadline. Seriously, I think at one point in time I made a goal to bake at

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top gifts for the health obsessed

How is your Holiday shopping going? I’ve gotten a few (and by that I mean like, 3) gifts taken care of – so I’ve got a long ways to go. But it’s still early, right? Last week I shared my list of the top foodie gifts of 2010 and today I’d like to share the

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a chile & a spoon recipe challenge

Remember my Chinese Hot & Sour Soup from earlier this week? It’s time to vote! Check out the competition, there are some extra creative and delicious looking dishes! Vote for the one you think sounds best! Vote here: http://marxfood.com/ * Voting doesn’t require any usernames or passwords, so it is very easy! Thank you for

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chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

My parents used to make this legendary dish, and maybe they still do. I remember it having chicken, apricot, prunes and most exciting – 40 cloves of garlic. Sounds a little odd (prunes?) but trust me when I say it was delicious. So when I saw the recipe in Food & Wine for Chicken with

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